The Courier-Mail

End-of-sea­son par­ty­ing capped to pre­vent re­peat of booze boat trip


THE Ti­tans will tone down their ‘‘Mad Mon­day’’ cel­e­bra­tions af­ter last year’s booze cruise de­ba­cle.

The NRL team’s 2014 post­sea­son cel­e­bra­tions were un­der sur­veil­lance as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led po­lice to a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar co­caine ring.

A mar­itime in­ves­ti­ga­tion also stemmed from the Broad­wa­ter cruise af­ter a player fell from the boat into the wa­ter.

Club man­age­ment has banned the play­ers from go­ing on another cruise and any cel­e­bra­tions are ex­pected to be tame com­pared with pre­vi­ous years.

Ti­tans CEO Graham An­nes­ley said the team would gather on Mon­day to farewell the 15 play­ers who are leav­ing the club.

“Our play­ers are in­for­mally get­ting to­gether with the coach­ing staff to farewell the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of play­ers and staff de­part­ing this year,” he said.

“The club is not or­gan­is­ing it and there will be no past ‘Mad Mon­day’ ac­tiv­i­ties such as fancy dress.”

The play­ers are ex­pected to be on their best be­hav­iour af­ter five were charged with co­caine sup­ply­ing of­fences in Fe­bru­ary.

Greg Bird, Dave Tay­lor, Beau Fal­loon, Kal­ifa Faifai Loa and Jamie Dowl­ing are still go­ing through the court process with their cases to be men­tioned again next month.

The play­ers have pre­vi­ously cel­e­brated the end-of-sea­son at pri­vate func­tions in pubs.

It is be­lieved a team bar­be­cue has been pro­posed but the play­ers are yet to de­cide how they will farewell the sea­son af­ter they play their last match against the Cowboys in Townsville on Satur­day.

Across the city at Metricon Sta­dium, Suns stand-in skip­per Michael Ris­chitelli said the AFL club was not con­cerned about the dan­gers of the loom­ing off-sea­son and was con­fi­dent it was in a bet­ter place be­cause of this year’s events.

Gold Coast will play their fi­nal game of the sea­son against Syd­ney on Satur­day night be­fore ap­proach­ing the off-sea­son pe­riod which h has haunted the club this year. The events sur­round­ing for­mer Suns player Karmichael Hunt’s il­licit drug use was the first among a se­ries of on and off-field chal­lenges for the club in the past 12 months.

Ris­chitelli re­vealed the team had a dis­cus­sion about their ex­pec­ta­tions for the high­risk time yesterday and were as pre­pared as they could be. “Are we wor­ried?’’ he said. ‘‘No. Can it hap­pen? Yes, But I think with the group we have got and what we have learnt along the way I think we should be right.”

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PLAY­ERS WATCHED: Ti­tans CEO Graham An­nes­ley.
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